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The Emperor's approval

The Emperor's approval Three factors would have influenced the building of walls around the town: they were to defend the town and control trade but their principle purpose was to demonstrate status.

Preparing for war

Preparing for war In Britain during the late third and early fourth centuries there was a period of great prosperity.

The end of Roman Britain

The end of Roman Britain As the 4th Century progressed things went from bad to worse.

An abandoned town

An abandoned town The Anglo Saxons started to arrive along the south coast in large numbers.

Chichester reborn

Chichester reborn After almost 500 years of neglect Chichester could have easily been lost forever, but for a decision by King Alfred the Great to create a chain of defences (burhs) against a growing threat - the Vikings.

Trouble with the neighbours

Trouble with the neighbours In 1066 King Harold was defeated by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.

the English civil war

The English Civil War In 1642 Chichester's walls were called upon to defend the City for the last time.

Fun and games

Fun & games In the 18th and 19th centuries life in Chichester was thriving and many new houses were built.

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Chichester City Walls Walls map

A legacy of the Romans

It is 1800 years since the walls and gates were first built around the Roman town of Noviomagus Reginorum.

Today they are the most intact circuit of Roman town defences in Southern England. More than 80% of the original structure has withstood the test of time and virtually the whole of the circuit is publicly accessible.

The City Walls Trail wall image

The city walls trail has been created to help you explore the mile and a half route around the heart of the city.

Learn more about The City Walls Trail…


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